Analyzing the 49ers undrafted free agents

The San Francisco 49ers haven’t yet officially released the names of their undrafted free agents, so here’s an unofficial list. Victor Bolden, WR, Oregon State. Analysis: A slot receiver whose best chance to make the 49ers final roster will come as a kick returner. Ran back 108 kickoffs for 2,420 yards and 3 touchdowns in college. Outlook: Practice squad. Kendrick Bourne, WR, Eastern Washington. Analysis: Slow possession receiver with good hands…

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Adam Schefter says Reuben Foster’s shoulder “could give out on any hit.”

Twenty-seven teams passed on Reuben Foster before the 49ers took him in the first round Thursday evening. There were a variety of reasons those 27 teams didn’t draft Foster, including mental issues and a failed drug test. But another big reason, according to Adam Schefter who cites league sources, is “a shoulder condition that worried teams and could jeopardize (Foster’s) rookie season.” Foster had surgery on February 13th to repair a…

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49ers release 13 players and sign two offensive linemen

The San Francisco 49ers just announced they have released the following 13 players: OL Alex Balducci S Marcus Ball LB Carl Bradford LB Jayson Dimanche TE Je’Ron Hamm WR Chris Harper LB Wynton McManis P Brock Miller DL Zach Moore NT Mike Purcell WR Eric Rogers CB JaCorey Shepherd LB Shayne Skov The Niners released these players to make room for their undrafted free agents. The team has not yet…

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Kyle Shanahan on Joe Williams: “His ability to run the ball is as good as anybody’s.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch’s post-draft press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department. John Lynch’s opening comments: “How’s everyone doing? Last night, I told you guys that it was our goal and our focus to really come in today and finish strong. And it’s not over yet, because we’re up there calling free agents, undrafted free agents, starting that process and we’re…

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49ers draft report card and updated depth chart

SANTA CLARA Here are my grades for the 49ers’ 10 draft picks. Round 1, pick No. 3: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford. The third interior pass rusher the 49ers have drafted in the first round the past three years. Strange. A defense can’t play more than two interior rushers at a time. At least the 49ers traded down for Thomas and picked up an extra third-round pick for 2018. Grade: C. Round 1,…

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NFL Draft day 3 live blog

SANTA CLARA This is the live blog for the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft. I will update this frequently with information and analysis from the 49ers media room. 9:27 The 49ers just traded a fourth-round pick in 2018 to the Denver Broncos for a fifth-round pick this year and 24-year-old running back Kapri Bibbs. Bibbs is a former undrafted free agent who spent the past two seasons playing in…

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Joe Williams wants to “take that starting job that I think Carlos Hyde has.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of 49ers fourth-round pick Joe Williams’ conference call with Bay Area reporters, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   Congratulations. “Thank you.”   How do you feel that you’ll fit in with the 49ers? “I don’t think words do enough justice to describe how ecstatic I am. It was a journey to get here. This is a real world moment right now. I’m taking…

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49ers take CB Ahkello Witherspoon, then trade down for 2018 2nd-rd. pick. Grade?

SANTA  CLARA The 49ers had an obvious need for a cornerback, so why didn’t they take one earlier in the draft? They allowed 19 defensive backs to come off the board before drafting Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon with the 66th pick. The Niners must feel Witherspoon is as good as those other 19 DBs who were drafted before him, otherwise they would have traded up for someone else. But Witherspoon is a…

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NFL Draft Round 2 live blog

SANTA CLARA This is the live blog for the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft. I will update this with information and analysis after each pick. 3:20 The 49ers own two picks today — both in the third round — and their biggest need is a cornerback. Will they stand pat in the third round and hope a good cornerback falls to them, or will they trade up into the second…

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Reuben Foster disputes report that he needs second shoulder surgery

On February 13, 49ers first-round pick Reuben foster had surgery on his shoulder to fix a torn rotator cuff. Thursday morning, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that Foster’s shoulder will need a second surgery. Many teams do, According to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, teams believe 49ers R Foster will require a 2nd surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff — Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) April 28, 2017 Thursday afternoon, Foster denied…

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Reuben Foster hung up on the Saints when the 49ers picked him

SANTA CLARA Read this amusing anecdote from Reuben Foster’s introductory press conference. Transcript courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department. When John Lynch called you yesterday, you, according to John, told him you were going to the Saints. What did you say? Had the Saints called you and told you that they were picking you at 32? RF: “They actually did. It was funny. That’s a funny story. That was a…

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Report: 49ers want to trade TE Vance McDonald

On December 9, the 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald to a five-year contract extension. Now, they want to trade him, according to Michael Lombardi. http://i2.wp.com/rotoviz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/VanceMcDonald.jpg?w=750 New head coach Kyle Shanahan must not have liked what he saw from McDonald during the two practices this week. Shanahan is a stickler about route-running, and McDonald is not a good route runner. Which tight end do you think the 49ers will get…

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Reuben Foster’s draft party was sponsored by a tobacco and marijuana vaporizer company

Big thanks to @vaporfi and CEO @sobenick for hosting my draft watch party tonight. #vaporfi pic.twitter.com/H57RIS8VVH — Ferrari Foster 🏎💨 (@ferrarifoster) April 28, 2017 Thursday night, the 49ers traded up to draft Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster, who was not at the NFL Draft. He was hosting a private draft party sponsored by VaporFi — a company that makes tobacco and marijuana vaporizers. I mention this because Foster failed a…

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49ers mock re-draft — post Day 1

These are the players I think the 49ers will draft on Days 2 and 3 of the draft, given the players they drafted on Day 1. Round 3, pick No. 66: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida.  The Niners have to take the best cornerback available with this pick or they’ll be stuck with Dontae Johnson in their starting lineup. Wilson is a big cornerback who allowed a completion percentage of less…

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49ers pick Solomon Thomas after trading down. Grade?

SANTA CLARA Good trade. Bad pick. The 49ers originally owned the No. 2 pick and they traded it to the Chicago Bears for the third pick, the 67th pick, the 111th pick and a third-rounder in 2018. The Bears drafted quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, whom the 49ers almost certainly didn’t want. Phenomenal trade for the 49ers. Then with the third pick, the 49ers selected Solomon Thomas, a defensive lineman from Stanford….

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NFL Draft Round 1 live blog

SANTA CLARA This is the live blog for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. I will update this with information and analysis after each pick. 5:08 49ers draft checklist: Draft a cornerback who can start as a rookie. Draft a safety who can replace Jimmie Ward or Eric Reid. Draft a linebacker who can replace NaVorro Bowman. 5:14 The Cleveland Browns take Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M. Most…

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Final 49ers mock draft

1 These are the players I think the 49ers will select in the 2017 NFL draft, which starts today. Round 1, pick No. 2: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M. The Browns have the first pick, and their owner, Jimmy Haslam, needs to sell the team. His company, Pilot Flying J, failed to pay rebates and defrauded many of its customers, including the U.S. Postal Service. Haslam may face indictment, law suits and…

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